April 25, 2010

Birthday Florals

This weekend I was the birthday girl again although the "girl" part of it takes some suspension of disbelief in this case.  I might just be pushing it but then again, says who?  I still feel like I have some more growing up to do.  Anyway, my reward for aging so gracefully was a packet of books (there can never be enough books), a bit of jewelery, a gorgeous CD of Melody Gardot's music (I think succulent would be a fitting way to describe it), and lots of flowers. It's been a great spring for lilacs and the tree outside our window is heavy with blooms this year so R brought some of them inside for me.

Along with the usual birthday celebrations I took time for the folk floral I'd begun carving two weeks ago.

I printed the first colour last Sunday, before we left for the Southern Cross exhibit;

Today I added in the second, a lovely vibrant gold:

I was most curious, clearing the block for the second colour, about the way the dots inside the leaves would turn out.  I'm not always sure if I've carved a block deeply enough but my worries this time were unfounded.  The dots turned out just fine...

...and I'm very satisfied with the way the print is shaping up so far. 


Libby Fife said...

I have been following your blog for a bit now. I just can't believe how clean those cuts are. I feel like a child has been working on my blocks! Anyway, the print is shaping up nicely and looks great. Thanks again for showing those shots-it is helpful:)

Katka said...

Thank you for visiting and for your comment, Libby.
I get obsessive about trying to get my cuts smooth and I sometimes end up working on a block way more than I probably should.
That said, I've managed to collect an assortment of very good carving chisels and I keep them as sharp as I can get them. I use a leather block to hone them several times during each carving. That seems to help a lot.
I checked out your blog BTW; your fabric art is fantastic!

Libby Fife said...

Thanks Katka. I know that better tools are an important part of what I want to do. I think the skill will follow too. Have a good one today:)

Amie Roman said...

Well, happy birthday Katka!! What lovely gifts.

And your print is just gorgeous; I am very much looking forward to seeing all the colours. I love the graphic style and bold shapes in this image. Very exciting!

Katka said...

Thank you Amie. I'm really enjoying doing this one.